The National Geographic Traveler Paris contains some nice details about Monet’s garden that you’ll want to keep in mind as you take your tour.
see my previous entry re seasons) it’s still worth the visit, first of all to see his collection of Japanese prints, but also to admire the cheery blue-tiled kitchen and yellow dining room. According to the National Geographic Traveler Paris, Monet loved to entertain his friends in this part of the house where everyone contributed a recipe or two – Rodin, Mallarme, Sacha Guitry – for example.
One wonders if any residents had survived to this day whether they would be pleased or horrified at the busloads of tourists who come to admire Monet’s gardens. Monet did not admire the traditional classical French garden. Yet his garden is not exactly romantic English either. Flowers are planted row after row with the straightforwardness of a nursery – yet flowers are left to bump into one another like unruly school kids who refuse to keep in line.
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Maybe the reason why so many of us who visit Monet’s garden feel at home here is because we not only love looking at the flowers – but we feel as if we are those flowers, at least the part of us that just wants to burst into rainbow colors and sing out of tune.